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Our Story 

The remote and iconic Hollyford Valley is located within the Fiordland National Park, a place globally recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status in 1990.

We are extremely privileged to be able guide travellers through this unique part of the world, along the track which first opened in 1969. The use of our jetboats and helicopters enables us to be able to introduce you to some local wildlife and show you spectacular sights that could not be seen from the track alone. A truly once in a lifetime experience.

Our experienced and highly knowledgeable guides while bringing to life the diversity of the landscape, vegetation and wildlife. Visitors will be able to enjoy first rate cuisine and personal service in our comfortable private lodges.

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History

On the Hollyford Wilderness Experience you virtually step back in time and experience an ancient spectacular landscape with a unique and intriguing ecology, geology, and geography and a fascinating history of human endeavour that dates back to the very first people to settle in this land, Aotearoa (New Zealand).

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Our Guides

Our passionate, experienced and knowledgeable guides live and breathe the Hollyford and love to share the incredible wealth of knowledge they have. Our guiding team are dedicated to New Zealand's environment, culture, history and heritage and are experts in their field.

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Conservation

The unique ancient environment within in the Hollyford Valley is one we are extremely privileged to be able work within, and something we are passionate about protecting for the benefit of future generations. Hollyford Wilderness Experience is operated by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, who as the original inhabitants of this part of New Zealand have a long term guiding vision that is about people.

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About the area

The Hollyford Wilderness Experience is located within the spectacular scenery of the Hollyford Valley and Martins Bay area, which marks the northern-most boundary of New Zealand’s largest national park - Fiordland National Park. Fiordland National Park in turn forms part of the larger Te Wāhipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.

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About us

The Hollyford Wilderness Experience is owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, and as the original inhabitants of this part of New Zealand have a long term guiding vision that is about people. Ngāi Tahu's tourism roots extend back to when our ancestors were the guides for many of the first European explorers. 

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